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Apr 20

VCP6-DCV Delta Study – Section 3 – Objective 3.4

This post covers Section 3, Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere Storage, Objective 3.4, Perform Advanced VMFS and NFS Configurations and Upgrades.

The vSphere Knowledge covered in this objective:

  • Identify VMFS and NFS Datastore properties
  • Identify VMFS5 capabilities
  • Create/Rename/Delete/Unmount a VMFS Datastore
  • Mount/Unmount an NFS Datastore
  • Extend/Expand VMFS Datastores
  • Place a VMFS Datastore in Maintenance Mode
  • Identify available Raw Device Mapping (RDM) solutions
  • Select the Preferred Path for a VMFS Datastore
  • Enable/Disable vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI)
  • Disable a path to a VMFS Datastore
  • Determine use case for multiple VMFS/NFS Datastores

Objective 3.4 VMware Resources:

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Apr 17

Potomac Regional VMUG User Conference

Yesterday I attended the Potomac Regional VMUG UserCon in northern VA. The Potomac Regional VMUG Conference is a joint VMware User Conference put on by the DC VMUG (@DCVMUG) and the MD VMUG (@MDVMUG). This is the first VMUG User Conference I have been able to attend in a couple years. I wanted to give a quick shout out to all of the folks that put it together. The conference was really well done. Well attended and some really fantastic content.

Great opening session by @virtualjad on VMware’s vision of the Software Defined Data Center. Fantastic presentation on how VMware technologies will continue enable customers to provide instant, fluid, and secure application services. The rest of the day was filled with sessions on NSX, vSphere 6, hyper-converged infrastructure, and more. Some really awesome information and content.

Was also great to catch up with so many great people. Great to see @bknudtson, @timantz, @mletschin, @AlexanderJN, @virtualstace, @BerkowitzDan, and @huberw (and there were many more). Really glad @tscalzott was able to stop in for a cup of coffee and a chat. Was really great meeting @_stump, hope we can catch up again soon. The sessions and vendors are great but it is also really great to meet and chat with people you follow/interact with on twitter. (Follow everyone in this paragraph, really great people that contribute a lot to the community)

The conference wrapped up with a VCDX Panel which include myself, @timantz, @huberw, and @ronflax with @mletschin as the moderator.

PRVMUG-VCDXPanel

There was a lot of great discussion about how and why each of us sitting on the panel went about pursuing VCDX. To sum up the VCDX panel… the path to VCDX Certification is not easy but for those who work towards and obtain VCDX – it is worth it! Hopefully we provided some inspiration to anyone in the audience that is currently on the path to any VMware certification.

Was a long day, but a really good day. Great seeing everyone and thanks to @DCVMUG and @MDVMUG for putting on such a great event!

Thanks to @varobc and @dadowistef from ABS Technology for taking the trip up with me. Hope you guys enjoyed the time as much as I did.

Apr 10

VCP6-DCV Delta Study – Section 3 – Objective 3.3

This post covers Section 3, Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere Storage, Objective 3.3, Configure vSphere Storage Multi-pathing and Failover.

The vSphere Knowledge covered in this objective:

  • Configure/Manage Storage Load Balancing
  • Identify available Storage Load Balancing options
  • Identify available Storage Multi-pathing Policies
  • Identify features of Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA)
  • Configure Storage Policies
  • Enable/Disable Virtual SAN Fault Domains

Objective 3.3 VMware Resources:

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Apr 07

VCP6-DCV Delta Study – Section 3 – Objective 3.2

This post covers Section 3, Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere Storage, Objective 3.2, Configure Software-defined Storage.

The vSphere Knowledge covered in this objective:

  • Configure/Manage VMware Virtual SAN
  • Create/Modify VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs)
  • Configure Storage Policies
  • Enable/Disable Virtual SAN Fault Domains

Objective 3.2 VMware Resources:

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Apr 07

VCP6-DCV Delta Study – Section 3 – Objective 3.1

This post covers Section 3, Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere Storage, Objective 3.1, Manage vSphere Storage Virtualization.

The vSphere Knowledge covered in this objective:

  • Identify storage adapters and devices
  • Identify storage naming conventions
  • Identify hardware/dependent hardware/software iSCSI initiator requirements
  • Compare and contrast array thin provisioning and virtual disk thin provisioning
  • Describe zoning and LUN masking practices
  • Scan/Rescan storage
  • Configure FC/iSCSI LUNs as ESXi boot devices
  • Create an NFS share for use with vSphere
  • Enable/Configure/Disable vCenter Server storage filters
  • Configure/Edit hardware/dependent hardware initiators
  • Enable/Disable software iSCSI initiator
  • Configure/Edit software iSCSI initiator settings
  • Configure iSCSI port binding
  • Enable/Configure/Disable iSCSI CHAP
  • Determine use case for hardware/dependent hardware/software iSCSI initiator
  • Determine use case for and configure array thin provisioning

Objective 3.1 VMware Resources:

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Apr 06

VCP6-DCV Delta Study – Section 2 – Objective 2.3

This post covers Section 2, Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere Networking, Objective 2.3, Configure vSS and vDS Policies.

The vSphere Knowledge covered in this objective:

  • Identify common vSS and vDS policies
  • Describe vDS Security Polices/Settings
  • Configure dvPort group blocking policies
  • Configure load balancing and failover policies
  • Configure VLAN/PVLAN settings
  • Configure traffic shaping policies
  • Enable TCP Segmentation Offload support for a virtual machine
  • Enable Jumbo Frames support on appropriate components
  • Determine appropriate VLAN configuration for a vSphere implementation

Objective 2.3 VMware Resources and Tools include:

Much of the vSphere knowledge covered in this objective overlaps with Objective 2.1, Configure Advanced Policies/Features and Verify Network Virtualization Implementation.
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Apr 06

VCP6-DCV Delta Study – Section 2 – Objective 2.2

This post covers Section 2, Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere Networking, Objective 2.2, Configure Network I/O Control (NIOC).

The vSphere Knowledge covered in this objective:

  • Identify Network I/O Control requirements
  • Identify Network I/O Control capabilities
  • Enable/Disable Network I/O Control
  • Monitor Network I/O Control

Objective 2.1 VMware Resources and Tools include:

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Apr 06

VCP6-DCV Delta Study – Section 2 – Objective 2.1

This post covers Section 2, Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere Networking, Objective 2.1, Configure Advanced Policies/Features and Verify Network Virtualization Implementation.

The vSphere Knowledge covered in this objective:

  • Identify vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS) capabilities
  • Create/Delete a vSphere Distributed Switch
  • Add/Remove ESXi hosts from a vSphere Distributed Switch
  • Add/Configure/Remove dvPort groups
  • Add/Remove uplink adapters to dvUplink groups
  • Configure vSphere Distributed Switch general and dvPort group settings
  • Create/Configure/Remove virtual adapters
  • Migrate virtual machines to/from a vSphere Distributed Switch
  • Configure LACP on Uplink portgroups
  • Describe vDS Security Polices/Settings
  • Configure dvPort group blocking policies
  • Configure load balancing and failover policies
  • Configure VLAN/PVLAN settings
  • Configure traffic shaping policies
  • Enable TCP Segmentation Offload support for a virtual machine
  • Enable Jumbo Frames support on appropriate components
  • Determine appropriate VLAN configuration for a vSphere implementation

Objective 2.1 VMware Resources and Tools include:

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Apr 04

VCP6-DCV Delta Study – Section 1 – Objective 1.3

This post covers Section 1, Configure and Administer vSphere Security, Objective 1.3, Enable SSO and Active Directory Integration.

The vSphere Knowledge covered in this objective:

  • Configure/Manage Active Directory Authentication
  • Configure/Manage Platform Services Controller (PSC)
  • Configure/Manage VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA)
  • Enable/Disable Single Sign-On (SSO)
  • Identify available authentication methods with VMware vCenter

Objective 1.3 VMware Resources and Tools include:

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Apr 04

VCP6-DCV Delta Study – Section 1 – Objective 1.2

This post covers Section 1, Configure and Administer vSphere Security, Objective 1.2, Secure ESXi, vCenter Server, and vSphere Virtual Machines.

The vSphere Knowledge covered in this objective:

  • Enable/Configure/Disable services in the ESXi firewall
  • Enable Lockdown Mode
  • Configure network security policies
  • Add an ESXi Host to a directory service
  • Apply permissions to ESXi Hosts using Host Profiles
  • Configure virtual machine security policies
  • Create/Manage vCenter Server Security Certificates

Objective 1.2 VMware Resources and Tools include:

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